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Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt opens Writers’ Monday at Les Deux Magots

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2024 marks the 140th spring of the iconic brewery with two legendary statuettes. And just a month ago, Callas would have been a hundred years old. A link between these two anniversaries? The Franco-Belgian playwright and novelist: Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt.

Indeed, the author, among the most prolific of our era, devotes a novel to the diva. He presented it during the first Writers' Monday of the year, at Two Maggots.

Halfway between pamphlet and portrait, “The Rival” brush that of Maria Callas. But from a new angle, through the critically of a certain Carlotta Berlumi. This name means nothing to you ? The author has the merit of revealing it to the general public! THE two singers were not only contemporary. Rivals too. And especially.

The novel explores the conspiracy theory of a century-old ex-soprano

Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt
Catherine Mathivat, president of Deux Magots, received Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt for the first Writers' Monday of the year.

If her career foundered, Callas was responsible... With the verve and mischief that the readership knows her to be, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt delights: “La Callas was whistled as much as applauded. At La Scala in Milan, sometimes the public threw turnips at him. Myopic as a mole, she picked up the bouquet of turnips and carried them to her heart like flowers, thanking the audience. ».

Two to three years and weight loss later, success is there. The two artists, Maria the Greek and Carlotta the Italian, take the stage alternately. About the famous rival, the truculent writer lets loose : “She is boiled by hatred and that is what kept her alive. »

A story to devour like an opera aria. By turns cruel and funny. Other literary and jazzy encounters are on the program this year. 140 candles to blow out, always in beautiful and captivating company.


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“La rivale”, published by Albin Michel.

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